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Study description

The study Media Composition educates students to become professional creative media composers in diverse contexts . Comprehensive study content covers the practical applications of modern media composition and combines these with music theory, musicology, studio technology, marketing as well as instrumental tuition or various arranging and programming techniques. Students learn to create compositions, arrangements and programmes, and to develop their creative ideas at a professional level paving the way for work in diverse areas of media (e.g. film music, video clips, advertising, computer games, etc.).


Study profile

The focus of the study is the creative education in composition within the areas of contemporary electronic media, opening the door to an exciting future career. As in the other VMI studies, great emphasis is placed upon creativity and experience. Integration into an international community of active musicians, teachers and students in the areas of music production and music management offers students many possibilities to develop their own individual artistic persona and be involved in the diverse processes of modern music projects.


Study focus

- Creation of individual media compositions for different areas of application;

- Learning of the basic and advanced rules of composition;

- Analysis of programming techniques, sound coloration and design;

- Acquisition of general musical, theoretical and musicological knowledge;

- Development of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic structures;

- Training of the musical ear and theory;

- Analysis of media law, management and marketing;

- The mechanisms and business strategies of the music and entertainment industries;

- Analysis of art and cultural sciences, and academic theses;

- Computer supported composition and multimedia;

- Analysis of new media and film music;

- Acquisition of knowledge in composition, counterpoint and orchestration;

- Work in studio, recording and microphone techniques ;

- Piano skills;


Study details

Study commencement: September (cross-entry in February possible)

Study duration: 6 semesters

ECTS: 240

Credit for previous studies: Study programs and/or courses previously completed at officially recognised institutions can be accredited for study at the VMI. The minimum study duration is reduced accordingly.

Requirements: Musical experience and knowledge of music theory as well a timely online registration and passing the entrance exam (audition). Applicants from non-EU countries must have a valid visa. This can be applied for the relevant consulate upon passing the entrance exam.

Tutors: All courses are conducted by professional composers and internationally active musicians and experienced educators as well as specialists from the creative industry, studio technology, musicology, music management and marketing.

Curriculum: Study plan

Grants and scholarships: VMI students who satisfy the necessary legal requirements may be entitled to family benefit, student grants and scholarships. Further information regarding this matter can be attained from our office.

Graduation: The study is completed with the final diploma exam. The certificates and diplomas issued by the VMI are equivalent to those from state institutes of higher education and are internationally recognised. Furthermore, VMI diploma graduates can progress directly to a master study.

Study fees:

€120 once-only enrolment fee

€310 monthly tuition fee


Study registration

Online registration for the entrance exam is free, non-binding and possible at any time. Auditions serve to assess whether practical and theoretical skills are sufficient for the chosen study. Should the applicant not satisfy the criteria, or another study is found to be more appropriate (regardless of the study chosen in the online application), an alternative offer can be made. The entrance exams generally take place at the following times:

- For the winter semester (beginning of studies in September): May / June

- For the summer semester (beginning of studies in February): November / December

Alternative appointments can also be arranged.


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